Scunthorpe United 5 Charlton Athletic 3
Funny, well not funny, but only yesterday one of my commenters said that our problem was that we were letting too many goals in. I replied saying we had the joint 6th best defensive record in the league. We did.
Without a doubt we have often looked shaky at the back this season, not helped by any means of it being chopped and changed due to injuries. There is also the worthwhile argument that Dillon Phillips should never have lost his place between the posts.
After Lewis Page went off, who had been playing with an injury, we had three left-footed players playing in the back four and arguably three of the four were out of their natural position. Solly only uses his left to stand on, and added to too many misplaced passes any defensive frailties became far too apparent, and unfortunately outshone our good offensive work. crucial refeering decisions didn’t go for us either.
But as Bowyer said, you can’t play two away games in four days, score 5 goals and only have a point to show for it.
Last night was a bit like watching Charlton of the late 1970’s. Listening to LBC on the radio and going back to the game every 10 minutes because “there’s a been a goal at..”
We may see more results like last night, although hopefully in our favour. It wasn’t all bad. We had the lion’s share of possession and going forward we were dangerous and by all accounts moved the ball really well. Grant had a great chance to put us 3-1 up, but chose to shoot and not pass to an unmarked Aribo.
It seemed like everyone in the ground and those watching and listening in were shocked that we went in behind at half-time. Then to pull it back again, we should have been in the driving seat. It was a kick in the teeth to see us then give it all away. Dodgy penalty or not.
Overplaying Page has bitten us on the arse. Fosu and Grant are also probably not 100% fit. Pratley is a yellow card waiting to happen and is now banned. The fragility of our squad is never far away. Defensively we have a headache. Page sadly sounds as if he may now be out for a while, we need Bielik back after the International break, but Bowyer may have to use Djiksteel in a back three at Coventry on Saturday with someone like Lapslie as a wing back.
We’ll put last night down to experience.
Addicks at Glanfield Park:
Bow:: “It was the craziest, most frustrating, disappointing game I’ve been involved in as a manager so far. I’m seeing good things but horrendous things too.”
Elsewhere: Portsmouth are looking strong. They won 1-0 at Coventry as all around teams slipped up. Barnsley were held at home by Plymouth, Doncaster lost at Accrington, who move into 5th, Walsall were thwarted by Shrewsbury and in the game of the day Sunderland and Peterborough drew 2-2.